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Board of Trustees Meeting – August 20th at 7 p.m.

The Valatie Free Library Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, August 20 at 7 p.m. in the Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street.  The Public is welcome to attend.

The Final Program – Wednesday, August 8 at 6:30

August 8, 6:30 p.m. Join us for the Sound Explorers, a program that includes making instruments from recycled materials, unique sound science experiments, group movement, “sound stories,” listening games & more.

Matthew Cantello, presenter tonight, describes Sound Explorers:  “SOUND EXPLORERS and SUPER SONICS are fun, educational experiences for children of all ages that awaken and develop the under-emphasized yet most fundamental way we perceive the universe around us – the wonderful world of listening, sound, vibration, and music.  Throughout this engaging program, children explore a series of interactive experiences.”

This is our last Wednesday evening program;  ice cream sundaes follow.

Don’t forget to bring in your reading lists.  Put your name on the ice cream bulletin board.  We have just received more certificates for soft ice cream cones at O’Kenny’s, but they are going fast.

The Spoonman Will Be Here – 8/3 at 6:30 p.m.

Don’t miss the show:  Jim Cruise, Interactive Family Comedian will play the spoons, create a mountain band of audience members, do outrageous impressions.  “It’s a spoonful of fun.”  Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 3rd.  Click here to go to the Spoonman’s web page to read more about him.  His brief bio is interesting and funny.  Walkins are welcome to attend this performance.

Anita Sanchez – The Importance of Slime – 8/2 at 1 p.m.

Today, August 2 at 1 p.m.  Anita Sanchez returns with “Slime Time:  Meet Some Slugs, Snails and Worms.”  Why is slime so vital to the survival of these creatures?  Find out why Ms. Sanchez admits to having a sneaking fondness for slugs. She says, “They’re not crowd-pleasers like, say, fireflies. But here’s the amazing thing—if it weren’t for slugs, there would be no fireflies. Firefly larva feed on slugs and snails as a main source of food.”  So join us today to find out amazing facts about slugs and snails and worms.

CMOST returns with Marvelous Magnets – 8/1

CMOST will be back to present another fascinating and interactive family science program at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, August 1.  Join us for “Marvelous Magnets,” a program of science, creativity and fun at the Library.   And. . .  the Library has air conditioning too!!

Paper Heart Puppets Show Tuesday at 2 P.M.

Join us  on Tuesday, July 31st at 2 p.m. for something special.  Brad Shur will be joining us with his show, “Paper Mouth Puppets.”   Learn about the art of making paper mouth puppets.  Enjoy an interactive presentation.  Brad Shur is a puppeteer, puppet builder and  and the founder and lead artist of Paper Heart Puppets.  As a freelance puppet builder he created puppets for American Idol, Dolly Parton’s Dollywood amusement park and many theaters and other performers. In 2009, he became the Resident Artist at Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline, Massachusetts where he served as the lead teaching artist and touring puppeteer for eight years.  In 2017, he founded Paper Heart Puppets.   Go to https://www.paperheartpuppets.com for more information about Brad Shur and his shows.

Don’t miss the fun!  Enjoy the show in air-conditioned comfort.  Make your own puppets and take part in an informal puppet show.  All are welcome; no preregistration necessary.  Bring your friends!

July 30 -August 3 Programs

Monday, July 30 – 10 – 11:30 a.m. (Workshop 1) and 12:30 – 2 p.m.  (Workshop 2).  Paint and Sip with Amy DeWeerd.  Both workshops are for kids, ages 7 and older. Join us to paint a colorful summer scene and have a snack.
Tuesday, July 31 – 10:30 a.m.  Story  Hour for Children in Preschool through Grade 1.  Join us for stories, crafts and snacks.
Tuesday, July 31 – 2 p.m. Brad of Paper Heart Puppets will present a workshop, “Paper Mouth Puppets.All are welcome.

Wednesday, August 1 – 6:30 p.m.   CMOST presents a family program, “Marvelous Magnets.”  All are welcome.
Thursday, August 2 – 1 p.m.  Anita Sanchez returns with “Slime Time.”  Meet some slugs, snails and worms.  Why is slime so vital to the survival of these creatures?
Friday, August 3 – 6:30 p.m.  The Spoonman, Jim Cruise, Interactive Family Comedian, will play the spoons, create a mountain band of audience members, do outrageous impressions.  “It’s a spoonful of fun!”  All are welcome.

KIDS:  BRING IN YOUR READING SLIPS; GET YOUR ICE CREAM CONE CERTIFICATES!!

Wednesday’s Animal Embassy Program

Last night’s program was another wonderful experience presented by Animal Embassy, an organization dedicated to exotic animal rescue/adoption and environmental education.  Animal Embassy specializes in providing hands-on, educational and interactive experiences for people of all ages.  Children and adults enjoyed seeing the exotic animals: lizard, frogs, toad, chinchilla and six-month old emu.  Presenter Chris discussed respect:  for differences, for animals, for people.  Thank you, Chris, for another entertaining and worthwhile summer evening!

Shake! Rattle! Roll! Planned Program with New Changes.

“Find  your groove, while you make some noise.  When is the last time you shook a rattle?  Model clay to create a one of a kind rattle.  The class is inspired by folk percussion instruments around the world. Multiple projects planned- all with music in mind. Come shake, rattle and roll.  A light snack of apple slices and water will be provided.”  Mary Young

Here’s the revised full scoop on Mary Young’s program, formerly entitled “Rattles.”  CHANGES:

  • NEW TITLE:  SHAKE!  RATTLE!  ROLL!!
  • NEW TIME: 10 – 12 noon on TUESDAY, JULY 24 and WEDNESDAY, JULY 25  (the days are the same)
  • NEW PROGRAM DETAILS:    Make clay rattles and gourds on Tuesday;  paint rattles and make rain sticks on Wednesday.

Join us for another fun craft workshop with Mary Young who has been conducting workshops at the Valatie Free Library for several years.  Last summer the big project was the trophies.  See photo above.  Workshop is intended for kids 7 and above.  If you have not registered,  call us to reserve a place and to insure that Mary has enough materials for the three projects planned.

Thank You, John Gray

On Saturday, April 21st, the Valatie Free Library hosted John Gray of Channel 10 News who spoke about his children’s book, God Needed a Puppy.  He kept his audience spellbound as he described why he wrote the book, the trials he encountered while trying to publish it and the amazing (to him, but not to his listeners) number of copies sold to date.  Not only did his listeners learn about publishing a book, but they thoroughly enjoyed his very humorous account of adopting his most recent dogs.  The dog lovers in the room, and I think we all were, appreciated his rescue of and giving a home to hard-to-place dogs. It was a very enjoyable afternoon, and all are looking forward to welcoming Mr. Gray and one of his four-legged friends to the Valatie Free Library after the publication of his next book.

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